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Xi joins Marx and Mao as required course at China's top colleges

Move follows increase in criticism from intellectual circles

A poster with a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Shanghai reads: "Follow the Party's command. Be capable of winning wars. Maintain good discipline."   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has instituted classes at elite universities that teach the philosophy of President Xi Jinping, a move that follows a crackdown on intellectuals who have spoken out against the Chinese Communist Party power structure.

Starting in the fall semester, 37 universities nationwide will launch introductory courses on Xi Jinping Thought, according to the Sept. 1 edition of Qiushi, a political theory journal published by the Communist Party.

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